process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses , ˈprō-, -səs \
plural processes\ ˈprä-​ˌse-​səz , ˈprō-​ , -​sə-​ , -​ˌsēz \

Definition of process

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : progress, advance in the process of time
b : something going on : proceeding
2a(1) : a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result the process of growth
(2) : a continuing natural or biological activity or function such life processes as breathing
b : a series of actions or operations conducing to an end especially : a continuous operation or treatment especially in manufacture
3a : the whole course of proceedings in a legal action
b : the summons, mandate, or writ used by a court to compel the appearance of the defendant in a legal action or compliance with its orders
4 : a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure a bone process a nerve cell process

process

verb (1)
processed; processing; processes

Definition of process (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to proceed against by law : prosecute
b(1) : to take out a summons against
(2) : to serve a summons on
2a : to subject to a special process or treatment (as in the course of manufacture or film development)
b(1) : to subject to or handle through an established usually routine set of procedures process insurance claims
(2) : to integrate sensory information received so that an action or response is generated the brain processes visual images relayed from the retina
(3) : to subject to examination or analysis computers process data
c : to work (hair) into a conk

process

adjective

Definition of process (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : treated or made by a special process especially when involving synthesis or artificial modification
2 : made by or used in a mechanical or photomechanical duplicating process
3 : of or involving illusory effects usually introduced during processing of the film

process

verb (2)
pro·​cess | \ prə-ˈses \
processed; processing; processes

Definition of process (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

chiefly British
: to move in a procession

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Synonyms for process

Synonyms: Noun

course, operation, procedure, proceeding

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Examples of process in a Sentence

Noun

How does the election process work? Learning a foreign language can be a long process. We're remodeling our house. The whole process is expected to take a few months. Breathing and the circulation of blood are life processes. a bony process on the foot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Trump administration is moving swiftly to shore up support for the candidacy of David Malpass to be the next president of the World Bank, hoping to head off potential challengers as the nominating process gets under way. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Works to Pave Way for Its Pick to Lead World Bank," 5 Feb. 2019 But grief doesn’t usually follow a quick and tidy timeline, Wolfelt explains, adding that the unexpected, traumatic nature of losing someone to suicide can make the process even more complex. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Things to Say When a Friend’s Loved One Dies by Suicide (and 3 to Avoid)," 5 Feb. 2019 Under the concurrency concept, the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin started building the jets before the development process was finished. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Some F-35s Could Become Unflyable by 2026," 1 Feb. 2019 How would our minds even process such hotness joining forces? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "So About the Rumor That Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt Are Dating...," 22 Jan. 2019 But what may be most telling about this process is how many don’t want to repeat it. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 The two ride-hailing companies filed prospectuses with the SEC late last year but haven’t received any comments back from the agency, according to people familiar with their processes. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Companies Try to Skirt Shutdown’s IPO Limbo," 21 Jan. 2019 But his most recent works bring his labor-intensive processes to the forefront of the viewer’s experience. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Lehmann Maupin Gallery Celebrates McArthur Binion’s Inaugural Exhibition With a Vibrant Dinner in New York City," 18 Jan. 2019 The entire process—from choosing a kit to moving in—usually takes four to eight months. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people," 11 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Your head will be spinning from all the gossip, so be sure to carve out time to process all the stimuli. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 After processing they would be airlifted back to their homes in Sinaloa, Mexico. Brenda Medina And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Trump dialed it up to 10, but his predecessors often treated migrants with disdain," 2 July 2018 Under the order, the federal agency is supposed to process the grant requests as usual. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Multnomah County sues Trump administration over change to abstinence-only sex ed funding," 8 June 2018 Paradromics Many startups are diving into brain-computer interface tech, where a device reads neurons firing in the user’s brain and translates those messages into information that can be processed by a computer. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "After the Smartphone: The Race for the Next Big Thing," 11 Jan. 2019 Among other demands, the group asks to increase the number of applications processed each day by CBP to 300. Ari Honarvar, Teen Vogue, "Migrants and Advocates Explain the Migrant Caravan Hunger Strike Protesting U.S. Asylum Policy," 4 Dec. 2018 One study from IHS Markit argued that reversing the ban would resolve a dilemma created by the fracking boom, which had flooded the market with a lighter type of crude that couldn’t be easily processed by most U.S. refineries. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 However, the ruling did find that individuals' privacy rights applied from the moment communications and data were captured by surveillance systems—not just when they were viewed or processed by human analysts. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "“Bulk interception” by GCHQ (and NSA) violated human rights charter, European court rules," 13 Sep. 2018 Instead, the judge ordered the boy to be removed once his case is formally processed by the government, which could take several weeks. Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' lawyer appears in Houston immigration court," 15 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Google Assistant, for example, can already now process multiple requests at once. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "5G to AR: Here are 7 technologies to watch in 2018," 2 Jan. 2018 People process things differently and at different rates. Richard Asa, chicagotribune.com, "When your ex finds someone new," 31 Aug. 2017 Around 80% of people process language on the left, or the analytical, side of the brain, Dr. Pantelyat says, and everyone processes music on both sides of the brain. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Does Listening to Music Improve Your Focus?," 26 July 2017 Process garlic and shallots until finely chopped, then stir into tomato mixture. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Five easy (and, shhh, healthy) recipes for the Fourth," 3 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The decisions about what processes to include and how to include them make cut-and-dried cases very rare in modern science. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 Among other demands, the group asks to increase the number of applications processed each day by CBP to 300. Ari Honarvar, Teen Vogue, "Migrants and Advocates Explain the Migrant Caravan Hunger Strike Protesting U.S. Asylum Policy," 4 Dec. 2018 The speed at which Touch ID works means that by the time a user has processed what’s going on, the payment has already been approved. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Scammy iOS apps used Touch ID to push users toward $99 payouts," 3 Dec. 2018 In addition, extensive neuropsychological evaluations look at such factors as how quickly people can process information, solve problems or remember words. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Fraud detection and national security officers now come oversees with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services teams who are processing refugees. Fox News, "Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US," 7 Oct. 2018 Nearly $9 million of that was paid in cash, processed by a single cash-counting machine in Anchorage. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "For third month in a row, Alaska marijuana tax tops $1 million," 4 July 2018 The orchid grower argues the proposal fails to properly carry out the law, which includes giving preference for up to two medical marijuana licenses to applicants who own facilities that were used to process citrus. Dara Kam, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Citrus preference' spurs medical marijuana license dispute," 3 July 2018 Probiotics are meant to encourage diversity in the microbiota populating the intestine, which helps to process the nutrients in food. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of process

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for process

Noun

Middle English proces, from Anglo-French procés, from Latin processus, from procedere

Verb (2)

back-formation from procession entry 1

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The first known use of process was in the 14th century

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process

noun

English Language Learners Definition of process

: a series of actions that produce something or that lead to a particular result
: a series of changes that happen naturally
medical : something that sticks out of something else

process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses , ˈprō-\

Kids Definition of process

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of actions, motions, or operations leading to some result the manufacturing process
2 : a series of changes that occur naturally the growth process

process

verb
processed; processing

Kids Definition of process (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change by a special treatment The fruit is picked and processed for shipment.
2 : to take care of according to a routine His job is to process insurance claims.
3 : to take in and organize for use Computers process data.

process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈpräs-ˌes , ˈprōs- , -əs\

Medical Definition of process

1a : a natural progressively continuing operation or development marked by a series of gradual changes that succeed one another in a relatively fixed way and lead toward a particular result or end the process of growth the process of digestion
b : a natural continuing activity or function such life processes as breathing and the circulation of the blood
2 : a prominent or projecting part of an organism or organic structure a bone process a nerve cell process

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process

noun
pro·​cess | \ ˈprä-ˌses, ˈprō- \

Legal Definition of process

1 : a continuous operation, art, or method especially in manufacture whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process…may obtain a patent thereforU.S. Code
b : a means (as a summons) used to compel a defendant to appear in court broadly : a means by which a court acquires or exercises jurisdiction over a person or property — see also mesne process — compare notice, service

Note: In civil procedure, service of a summons on a defendant is considered constitutionally sufficient process, although usually a copy of the complaint must also be provided according to the local rule of procedure.

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